ByArt Ramos, writer at Creators.co
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Art Ramos

Crossgen Cinematic Universe

Now that Marvel has acquired the rights to Crossgen Comics, and are currently working on starting up the comic series again, I am hoping that they also decide to bring these titles to a movie theater near you! Crossgen already used the shared universe in the comic titles even though the titles did not seem related. Just as the company went bankrupt, they had started the Negation War in which characters from the different titles were kidnapped and brought into a different universe called the Negation Universe. Some escaped and started a series of adventures before bankruptcy ended it. Marvel can start several series from the different titles in Crossgen. I would start with the main ones:

Sigil
Sigil

Sigil

Sigil is a military science fiction space opera in the same vein as Star Wars and Guardians Of The Galaxy. As per Wikipedia:

"The bulk of Sigil takes place on and around the worlds of the Planetary Union, a group of five human-inhabited planets: Gaia (believed to be humanity's homeworld), Brejhur, Delassia, Kayseecay, and Victor. Humans have also colonized the neutral world of Tanipal, which seceded from the Union some time before the series opened. Tanipal is ruled by the Sultan Ronolo.

As the series opens, the Planetary Union has been at war with the Saurians, a starfaring race of reptilian humanoids, for several centuries. The size of the Saurian Empire is never revealed in the series, but its capital is the Saurian homeworld, Tcharun."

The hero of the series is Samandahl "Sam" Rey [who is a Sigil bearer]. "He and his good friend Roiya Sintor were laid off from the army due to cut-backs, and became mercenaries. The pair were “vacationing” on the pleasure world of Tanipal when the series began. While on Tanipal, Sam and Roiya meet the beautiful Zanniati Oribatta and her bodyguard, an orange eyed-man named JeMerik Meer; these four would be inseparable for the rest of the series."


Mystic
Mystic

Mystic

Mystic is a magical fantasy set on the planet Ciress. As per Wikipedia:

"sorcery is an apprenticed profession organized in guilds, the story centered on sisters Genevieve and Giselle. The former had devoted her life to becoming a top sorceress; the latter is a spoiled socialite who much against her wishes is granted great power and responsibility via a mysterious sigil.

The first six issues of Mystic describe Giselle's gaining of the Sigil and the efforts of the guild leaders to regain her power. Giselle gains her Sigil in the first issue and without intending to, steals the spirits of the ancient (and long dead) guild leaders. She also gets a guide in the form of a talking cat-like creature with yellow eyes and a love interest named Thierry Chevailier (an artist but without any magical ability)."

Meridian
Meridian

Meridian

Meridian is based on traditional folklore with a steampunk feel. As per Wikipedia:

"Meridian, the series' namesake, is one of many island city-states upon the world of Demetria. At some point in the world's history, a great natural cataclysm threw massive chunks of earth into the sky, creating the current system of floating islands. The islands, as well as the airships crucial to trade and transport, defy gravity due to the mysterious properties of a certain 'ore' which is not named. Each island is headed by a Minister, who has more or less monarchic power over their respective island, and while many communities still survive on the surface, contact and trade between the surface and the islands is rare.

The main character of the series is Sephie, the daughter of Turos, the Minister of Meridian. Her father dies at the beginning of the series, and Sephie becomes Minister of Meridian, acquiring at the same time a mysterious Sigil, a mark upon her forehead, which grants her an array of powers. Gradually, she learns to use it to allow her to fly, to heal others, to repair things, and in a handful of other ways. However, her Uncle Ilahn, Minister of Cadador, another of the floating island city-states, has a Sigil as well, which allows him to destroy things and teleport. He attempts to use his powers, and his significant political influence, to seize Meridian from Sephie's control, and to create an economic and industrial empire, demanding tribute from other islands, if not conquering them outright.

Sephie sets out to stop him. After learning more about her powers and her family's past, acquiring equipment and support, and meeting new friends and allies, she sets about perpetrating piracy upon her uncle's trade routes and fights him directly on a number of occasions."

Scion
Scion

Scion

Scion is an adventure series inspired by the tales of King Arthur. As per Wikipedia:

"The story of Scion mainly concerns Ethan, youngest prince of the Heron Dynasty [and Sigil bearer]. He is accompanied by Skink, a member of the Lower Races and his best friend. While the Heron and Raven Dynasties have been at war for hundreds of years, there exists at the beginning of the tale a relative peace between the two Kingdoms. This peace doesn't last.

Ethan is later joined by Ashleigh, the princess of the Raven dynasty, and a bounty hunter named Exeter, who is a genetically modified humanoid. The main antagonist is Prince Bron of the Raven Dynasty, the older brother of Ashleigh. Bron is determined to kill Ethan and Ashleigh."

Why Crossgen?

Two of the series are headed up by female characters although all have strong female characters. They are all tied by the concept of the Sigil. What are their significance outside the powers they grant the bearers? To do this justice, one person, like Kevin Feige for the MCU, needs to oversee these movies and ensure that they are mostly faithful to the comic source.

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